Campanile, Thresher win 16 national awards

Eric Stone | The Rice Thresher

 Rice Campanile and the Rice Thresher won a combined 16 awards at the joint Associated College Press/College Media Association convention in Louisville, Kentucky last weekend.

The CMA’s Pinnacle Awards, along with the ACP’s Pacemakers and Individual Awards, recognize the nation’s best in college student media for the 2017-18 academic year.

Campanile won a first-place Pinnacle from the CMA for Best Yearbook Entertainment Spread. It placed second in the overall category, Yearbook of the Year. It also received honorable mentions for Best Yearbook Cover and Best Divider. Joanna Yang and Kira Chen were editors-in-chief for the 2017-18 Campanile, entitled “Outside the Lines,” and current Campanile Editor-in-Chief Charis Wang accepted the awards.

“Winning the awards was honestly very humbling,” Wang said in a written statement. “There were so many outstanding books, and it made me realize how much work, time, and collaboration it takes to create something that even closely resembles a yearbook.”

The Thresher was a finalist for the ACP’s Newspaper Pacemaker award, which recognizes the best student newspapers in the nation. This is the second straight year the Thresher has been a finalist and the fourth time overall. The 37 Pacemaker finalists represented the top seven percent of newspapers which entered the competition, according to the ACP.

The Thresher and its staff came in first in three Pinnacle categories, including Best Newspaper Sports Spread, Best Podcast and Best Newspaper Nameplate. Other Thresher Pinnacles included a second place for Best Advertisement and honorable mentions for Best Sports News Photo, Best Photo Package, Best Sports Section and Best Social Media Main Page.

Both the ACP and CMA recognized then-Thresher Sports Editor and current co-Editor-in-Chief Andrew Grottkau for his long form piece, Immortality: An Oral History of the 2003 Rice Baseball Team. The piece garnered a second-place ACP Individual Award for Best Sports Multimedia Story and a third-place Pinnacle in the same category. The Pinnacles also recognized Grottkau with an honorable mention for Best Sports Columnist.

These awards follow the Princeton Review’s recognition of the Thresher as the third-best college paper in the nation.

Media Minutes program starting this fall

While Rice does many things right, it does media wrong – with no support for journalist hopefuls (and barely any for visual arts), students are left floundering when attempting to get into the media world. Even casual observers of media do not get the same opportunities present at other schools – the perspectives of world-class journalists, or of people in entertainment, or marketing, etc.

Media Minute seeks to fill this void at Rice by inviting high-level speakers to interact with Rice students. This exposure will be beneficial to both students serious about entering the media field and students interested in the process behind media. The name Media Minute points to an intent to appeal to college-age students who might be too busy to seek individual research or coursework on the topic, but would like a quick insight into a different world.


Rice Student Media Leads the Way

Both professional staff members involved with student media at Rice do not think just locally, they take their roles and involvement in student media to the national level.

Kelley is the “print” adviser and also is the current vice president of member services for the College Media Association and will be speaking to students and college media professionals on five topics at the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention. She will speak to students in a session called “Journalists are Superheroes.” The presentation takes a look at the breaches in journalistic ethics routinely made by the likes of Superman and Spiderman, and outlines ways student journalists can avoid making the same mistakes.

Will is the “Electronic Media” staff  member working directly with KTRU and RTV and the Executive Director of College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI).  In his position with CBI, Will took the lead in making the 2014 National Student Electronic Media Convention come into existence in 2012 and continues to be the person responsible for making the convention happen every year and it has grown every year since its inception.  Will will be speaking  to students and college media professionals on three topics at the National Student Electronic Media Convention.  One of those presentations will include an overview of the settlement that CBI reached concerning the requirements and fees associated with student stations which play music on the Internet.  Will was the lead negotiator for both this settlement which covers 2016-2020 and two previous settlements.

Coverage of the settlement has received trade industry coverage by RadioWorld, AllAccess, FMQB and RBR, among others.




Student Media Will Provide New Students Insight into Available Opportunities

Representatives from the Department of Student Media will provide new students with an opportunity to learn about the various student media operations on campus, how they can participate and how the media can be used by any student to raise issues and promote events. Representatives will also discuss the educational opportunities along with personal/professional growth possibilities that participation in student media provides.  There will be two time slots available on Friday, August 22. One at 10 a.m. and another at 11 a.m.  New students will be provided with the location details in their O-Week materials.

Student Media staffs name award winners

During the end of the year banquet in April, the staffs of The Rice Thresher and The Campanile handed out awards and honored graduating seniors.

The Thresher recognized Bobb Award winners Christen Sparago (news writing) and Rachel Marcus and Molly Chiu (feature writing). New this year, the staff voted for the Greg Kahn Staffer of the Year award and granted it to outgoing editor in chief Rachel Marcus. The Kahn award honors former Thresher editor Greg Kahn who passed away last summer.

The Thresher also thanked graduating seniors Rachel Marcus, Molly Chiu, Dan Elledge, Alex Weinheimer and Brooke Bullock.

The Campanile also gave out end of the year awards.

Staffer of the Year: Zoe Wu
Rookie of the Year: Meagan Dwyer
Most dependable Staffer: Alexandra Franklin
The Shaan Patel award (Staffer ready to step up to the plate): Sean Chu

Student Publications win multiple awards

The Rice Thresher student newspaper and the Campanile student yearbook have both placed first in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association contest. In addition, the Campanile won the Sweepstakes Award for Yearbook Division 2. The award is based on how many points the publication accumulated during the contest.

The Rice Thresher received three first place awards in addition to overall excellence. Reed Thornburg placed first for news feature story for his story Consumed, and Ryan Gupta won first in sports story for Exodus. Gabe Caudra placed first in sports column for his weekly column The Fifth Lap. The paper also got three second place awards, four third place and five honorable mentions.

These awards are in addition to a third place finish in the Apple Awards presented by the College Media Association at the Spring National College Media Convention.

The Campanile won 25 awards, with 12 first place finishes. In addition to overall excellence, the yearbook received best cover design (designed by Beth Herlin and Shaan Patel), best photo story, best information graphic, best opening package, and best feature/student life package. Beth Herlin received first for a people spread with mugshots (the senior section). Elizabeth Pogue placed first in organizations copy for Occupy Weiss, and Shaan Patel received best title page. Collin Shurbet placed first in sports feature photo for his pole vault photo and Katherine McConachie got first for student life copy in her coverage of LGBT issues on campus. Taylor Daileda received first in sports feature photo for a picture of Rice students celebrating the football team.

The 2012 yearbook also received five second place awards, four third place and four honorable mentions. The book was also included in Balfour Publishing’s Yearbook Yearbook and received a honorable mention certificate from the publishing company. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association presented the Campanile with five awards in its Gold Circle Awards presented in March.

Rice Student Media

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